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The impact of gender, social capital and networks on business ownership: a research agenda

Neergaard, E. and Shaw, E. and Carter, S.L. (2005) The impact of gender, social capital and networks on business ownership: a research agenda. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 11 (5). pp. 338-357. ISSN 1355-2554

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To advance knowledge about the relationship between small firm networks and social capital by considering the network experiences of women business owners. To engage in such research, the paper proposes a conceptual model of business owner networking which is informed by social support theory. The conceptual model proposed recognises the interplay between network structures, interactions and contents and argues that consideration of these three network dimensions may provide insights into the impact of gender on business owner networks, social capital and experiences of business ownership. The paper also discusses the methodological implications of this model and proposes a research agenda for future business owner network research.